A controversial coaching decision swung the momentum back into Atlanta's favor on Wednesday night.
With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, the Mets started a one-out rally. J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier notched a pair of singles, putting the Mets in prime position to take the lead.
Wilson Ramos then looped a single to right field, and with Braves right fielder Charlie Culberson playing the ball on a hop, Mets third base coach Gary DiSarcina aggressively waved Davis home. The throw beat Davis in plenty of time, and despite a leaping effort from the Mets' left fielder, he was out at home plate.
"It's my decision," DiSarcina told reporters after the game. "I'm fine with it … It's a utility player who had a good, strong arm, with our reports, he's been inaccurate. He made a great play, a great throw. That's what big leaguers do."
Mets skipper Mickey Callaway backed DiSarcina's decision after the game, citing a need to play aggressive baseball that helped the Mets get on the board in the first inning.
"We want to be aggressive," Callaway said. "We don't want to run into outs carelessly, but we want to be aggressive. That's one of the things that we need to do as a team. We've been stealing some big bases that have really helped us out by using our aggressiveness. We got a run in the first because of it, [Jeff McNeil] stealing third … It paid off a couple times. We want to be aggressive."
After the play, Callaway used his challenge to make sure the umpires had made the right call.
"We had him check if [Tyler Flowers] was blocking the plate and if he tagged him," Callaway said. "It was close, we needed a run, obviously, so we figured it was worth a challenge at that point."
The play swing the momentum back into the Braves' favor, and they'd capitalize with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the bottom of the eighth.
The Braves took two of three from the Mets, who next head to Chicago for a four-game set with the Cubs.